FLORHAM PARK, NJ — In an interview with Kristian Dyer of the New York Metro, Bart Scott understands why players like Chad Ochocinco (or is it Johnson, now? This is getting more confusing than deciding what to call Sean “Diddy” Combs.) want to play for the Jets.
“I think that Chad and other guys recognize that not only are we playing hard and playing well, we have an affection for each other,” Scott told Dyer. “I’m really excited that he’s a player who would want to be here. We don’t care about personalities. Personalities like Chad we can handle. Santonio Holmes is an example of that. People didn’t think we can handle him, but he had only one problem in two years, and he’s been the model citizen here. I would welcome Chad here.”
Scott’s words emulate a well-accepted theory mentioned in my article about the great head coaching debate, that Ryan’s likability is ever growing amongst NFL players. He’s a player’s coach who gets the most out every one of his players. Now, if only they can end this lockout so the Jets can actually go after said players.
Ochocinco isn’t the only loud-mouthed, diva star receiver to be linked to the New York Jets in 2011. Former Patriot/Viking/Titan Randy Moss has also been on the radar of Ryan. He told Greg Bedard of The Boston Globe of his adoration for the 4-time All Pro receiver. “Randy Moss, I’ve said all along, is a great vertical receiver,’’ Ryan said, per Bedard. “And you have to roll coverage. Most teams would have to roll coverage to him. We never did, but we got burned for a touchdown. But he was a weapon. A vertical weapon down the field.’’
If there is any sincerity behind Ryan’s kind words, perhaps he will be a cheaper signing (unbelievably) than Braylon Edwards or Santonio Holmes, should one or both decide not to re-sign with the Jets.
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